The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Russellville Park independent living, assisted living, and memory care has always been an avid supporter of this cause and this year was quite unique and special.
Putting the ‘Fun’ in Fundraising
November marks National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. To commemorate the month and raise funds for Alzheimer’s research, Russellville Park formed a committee to brainstorm effective ways to get the whole community involved in fundraising efforts.
We kicked off our efforts in July with “Casual for a Cause.” This event allowed employees to dress down every Wednesday and Friday in July and August if the employee purchased a $2.00 “Casual for a Cause” sticker. To get residents excited about fundraising efforts, we partnered with Papa John’s and Domino’s Pizza to have pizza donated to our community. We then sold that pizza on the lawn during a daytime concert. Because we had such an overwhelming response, we did another concert, this time serving chili and homemade baked goods. However, the crowning jewel of our fundraising efforts was an art show sale called “Memories in the Making,” featuring art from our memory care residents.
“I’m extremely proud and privileged to be part of our team. Together we reached our goal and even exceeded our expectations! I want to say a heartfelt “Thank you” to all the residents and staff for making this journey amazing and I can proudly say together we can help find an end to Alzheimer’s.” – Pablo Evan, Guest Services Manager, Russellville Park
Through our fundraising efforts, we exceeded our fundraising goal of $2,000 and raised a total of $4,318 towards Alzheimer’s research efforts. A huge thank you to our committee members who worked hard to involve the whole community in a fun and engaging way while making a tangible impact in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
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